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The Center for Higher Education (zhb) is a central unit of the TU Dortmund University.
In 2006 the University established the Department of Organizational Studies, Continuing Education & Social Management in order to conduct teaching and research on organization, knowledge management, and research of higher education.

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Talk at the University of Bath


02.11.2014 – Uwe Wilkesmann gives a talk at the University of Bath: "Intrinsic and internalized modes of teaching motivation - Influences of transactional and transformational governance"


Talk at the Chinese University of Hong Kong


02.09.2014 – Sabine Lauer and Uwe Wilkesmann present during their lunch talk at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday 15. September research results about universities rankings.




10.04.2014 – Maxie Wilkesmann and Uwe Wilkesmann give a presentation at the 14. EURAM conference at the University of Valencia: "Knowledge transfer in hospitals as second level management".


new research project

Federal ministry

07.03.2014 – new research project about "transformational governance of academic teaching".
The project's main focus explores the possibilities of transformational governance of academic teaching from the organizational point of view, i.e. what can the university as organization do, to improve the status of academic teaching. In a first step we are conducting qualitative interviews which form the basis for a quantitative survey at the end of 2014. There our prime concern is to get a better insight to your university's teaching culture while talking to preferably various academic and non-academic actors that execute different roles within the university context and show a high affinity for academic teaching. Our interview guideline is - in a non-strict manner - capable to adapt to university- and job-specific characteristics. The research project is termed for three years and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


another article about motivation in higher education


07.03.2014 – Uwe Wilkesmann & Christian J. Schmid (2014): Intrinsic and internalized modes of teaching motivation. Evidence-based HRM.


new article


07.03.2014 – new article about research in higher education:
Uwe Wilkesmann (2013): Effects of transactional and transformational governance on academic teaching - empirical evidence from two types of higher education institutions. Tertiary Education and Management 19 (4): 281 - 300.


presentation at the 30. EGOS Colloquium in Rotterdam


03.03.2014 – Sabine Lauer and Uwe Wilkesmann give a presentation at the 30. EGOS Colloquium in Rotterdam about: "Factors that influence research performance and web presence of German universities (Webometrics ranking) – evidence from a national wide survey from 2011"


talk at the 18. ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama


01.03.2014 – Uwe Wilkesmann: "Which form of organizational governance supports freedom of teaching and increases their perception of relevance? Empirical evidence from two types of higher education institutions"


new publication about academic motivation


20.03.2012 – new publication:
Uwe Wilkesmann, Heike Fischer & Alfredo Virgillito (2012): Academic Motivation of Students - The German Case. Discussion Papers Center for Higher Education, TU Dortmund University 02_2012


new knowledge transfer research project


02.09.2011 – We recently started a research project on knowledge transfer of work councils. It is financed by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. The project focuses on the inter-generational knowledge transfer. At the moment we are conducting interviews and a survey regarding the type of knowledge of elder work council members, barriers and supporting factors for knowledge transfer from elder to younger members, and we will develop some tools for supporting inter-generational knowledge transfer.


recent presentations


20.08.2011 – 27th EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium in Gothenburg:
Uwe Wilkesmann & Christian Schmid: The impact of new governance on teaching at German universities
At the 24th annual CHER (Consortium of Higher Education Researchers) Conference in Reykjavik
At the Chinese University of Hong Kong (08.09.2011)


new publication about higher education research


19.08.2011 – Uwe Wilkesmann & Christian J. Schmid (2011): The impacts of new governance on teaching at German universities. Findings from a national survey in Germany. Higher Education DOI 10.1007/s10734-011-9423-1.